- appearaunce (obsolete)
Borrowed from Middle French apparence, from Latin apparentia, from appareo. Morphologically appear + -ance. Displaced native Old English hīew (the way something looks or seems) and ætīewednes (act of appearing or coming into view).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈpɪəɹəns/
- (General American) IPA(key): /əˈpɪɹəns/
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- Hyphenation: ap‧pear‧ance
appearance (countable and uncountable, plural appearances)
- The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye.
- His sudden appearance surprised me.
- A thing seen; a phenomenon; an apparition.
- There was a strange appearance in the sky.
- The way something looks; personal presence
- 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, […]”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], →OCLC, lines 99–101, page 66:
- And now am come to ſee of whom ſuch noiſe / Hath walk'd about, and each limb to ſurvey, / If thy appearance anſwer loud report.
- 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. […] Can those harmless but refined fellow-diners be the selfish cads whose gluttony and personal appearance so raised your contemptuous wrath on your arrival?
- Apparent likeness; the way which something or someone appears to others.
- Some people say I'm shallow because I care so much about my appearance.
- 2016 February 4, Mark Hudson, “KAWS, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, review: 'hypnotically compelling'”, in The Telegraph:
- KAWS’s first sculptures were limited edition toys for the Japanese brand Bounty Hunter, and the stylised figures distributed around YSP in a variety of postures – shielding their eyes from the sun, seated in apparent contemplation or leading a child-sized version of themselves over the sward – have the appearance of gigantic toys, with their instant legibility and machine-honed surfaces.
- 1769, The King James Bible, Numbers ix. 15
- And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, namely, the tent of the testimony: and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until the morning.
- 1769, The King James Bible John vii. 24
- Judge not according to the appearance.
- (philosophy, theology) That which is not substance, essence, hypostasis; the outward reality as opposed to the underlying reality
- Catholicism teaches that the Eucharist, while remaining under the physical appearance of bread and wine, becomes really and truly the body and the blood of Christ.
- The act of appearing in a particular place, or in society, a company, or any proceedings; a coming before the public in a particular character.
- A person makes his appearance as an historian, an artist, or an orator.
- David Beckham's first appearance with the LA Galaxy at Giants Stadium against the New York Red Bulls last night drew a crowd of 66237.
- 1671, John Milton, “(please specify the page)”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], →OCLC:
- Will he now retire, After appearance, and again prolong Our expectation?
- (law) An instance of someone coming into a court of law to be part of a trial, either in person or represented by an attorney or such like; a court appearance
- (medicine) Chiefly used by nurses: the act of defecation by a patient.
- The patient had a small bowel obstruction and there was no appearance until after the obstruction resolved.
- (act of coming into sight): arrival, manifestation,
- (a thing seen): spectacle, apparition, phenomenon, presence
- (aspect of a person): aspect, air, figure, look, manner, mien
- (outward show): semblance, show, pretense, façade or facade
- (act of appearing in public): debut
The act of appearing or coming into sight
A thing seen
Personal presence, form or look
Semblance, or apparent likeness
The act of appearing in a particular place, or in society, a company, or any proceedings
The coming into court of either of the parties
- appearance in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913